Dear Editor:

I would like you all to know 20 years of serving as your county supervisor in Winneshiek County has been totally rewarding. I have seen a lot of change in policy as well as growth in industry, housing, tourism, recreation and commercial business.

I have seen improvements in roads as well as improvement in communications among co-workers. I have had the privilege to meet many people and have been grateful to make many new friendships over the years. I have had a part in hiring many great workers who serve your needs.

Great service truly does come from the heart. I have had the honor of working with many supervisors and other elected officials over the years. There isn't any doubt that many tough decisions had to be made, but I feel every vote I made was for the good of Winneshiek County and its residents. When I left the Board room at the end of the day, even if there were disagreements, I would try to make sure we all left with a smile and were still friends.

Winneshiek County elected four new supervisors in November and I would like to wish each and every one of you the best in your political career. I ask that you never forget that we live in the best place with the best people on Earth.

Thank you again, Winneshiek County, for allowing me to serve for the past 20 years. I have truly enjoyed doing so. I have also really appreciated the kind words I have heard and received since the election.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year